About Dr. Mark L. Gesner

Mark L. Gesner, Ph.D. was exposed to transformational leadership early in life at large family gatherings in Brooklyn, New York where his grandmother and great aunts inspired a sense of strength and belonging among all who entered.  He sought to emulate their positive influence with his colleagues and students, and learned how to be especially impactful by traveling the world where he gained a deep appreciation for diverse perspectives and finding wisdom in unexpected places. 

These underpinnings informed Mark’s career of creating innovative programs, supporting entrepreneurs, growing organizations and businesses, building partnerships, and developing mission driven leaders. He has designed programs and led courses locally and globally about innovation, organizational development, cross-cultural management, leadership, and community engagement. 

He currently serves as a professor and the Vice President of Community Engagement & Innovation at Saint Leo University near Tampa, Florida.  Prior to working in higher education, Mark was a leader for Hostelling International USA, an organization promoting cross-cultural understanding through affordable travel. 

He holds an undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Albany, and graduate degrees from Harvard University and Cardinal Stritch University. Mark brings his message to life by being an engaged citizen who supports others in realizing their personal and collective aspirations, and to discover home wherever they roam. 

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